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Fracking groups launch an alliance against the industry

Organisations to share information about applications

The shale gas rig at Banks

Groups against fracking came together earlier this month to plan opposition to the development of the  industry.

A dozen groups, including residents and environmental campaigners,  met in Preston on April 10 to share information on forthcoming applications by Cuadrilla for multi-well frack sites in the Fylde,.

The groups also discussed Cuadrilla’s current application to extend their operations at the Banks site in West Lancashire.

The Banks site, where Cuadrilla has previously broken planning conditions designed to protect wintering birds, is on the edge of the wildlife-rich Ribble Estuary and is in an important farming area.

Cuadrilla has previously stated that, after this year’s work on the well, they plan to return the Bank’s site to its former state.

The groups have launched the Lancashire Frack Free Alliance which aims to unite farmers, chefs, restaurants and consumers to protect the local food economy from a large-scale fracking industry.

Graham Bentley, from Ribble Estuary Against Fracking and a Banks resident, said: “Lancashire has a proud and vibrant food economy. To supply the amount of gas the industry brags about would mean thousands of wells in Lancashire, risking the water and healthy soils we need for a thriving food economy.

“We’re launching the Frack Free Food Alliance to protect our farmland.”

Pam Foster, from Residents Action on Fylde Fracking, said: “It’s fantastic that local groups across Lancashire are coming together to support each other to stop the destructive fracking industry.

“We don’t have the millions that Cuadrilla spend on public relations but by working together, and countering the myths and misinformation promoted by the industry, we won’t let fracking take a hold in our county.”